Debra Lew Harder

Jessica Griffin/The Philadelphia Orchestra

Renowned local composer Andrea Clearfield hosts a discussion of the music salon in 18th-century Germany, and Trio MiReSol—with pianist Debra Lew Harder—plays music of J.S. Bach and Fanny Mendelssohn on Wednesday, May 3rd at 7 pm at Ivy Hall.


Vanessa Briceno Photography

If you haven’t yet heard the resonant, rich sound of the solo double bass in concert, now’s your chance. On Friday, January 26th at noon, the superb, young double bass soloist and composer Xavier Foley will play LIVE from WRTI 90.1’s performance studio. 

On Tuesday, January 9th at noon, a trio from the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia performed Robert Schumann’s Trio for Clarinet, Viola, and Piano, Movement 3, and Schumann’s Adagio and Allegro for Viola and Piano Live on WRTI 90.1.

Musicians from ASTRAL, LIVE on WRTI 90.1!

Oct 18, 2017

Something special happened on WRTI 90.1 on Thursday, October 19th! We hosted on the air, two amazingly talented young musicians from ASTRAL, a Philadelphia-based mentoring program that specializes in developing the early careers of extraordinary classical artists. 

Susan Michini

What goes beautifully with your Saturday morning French Roast or Double Cappuccino? The perfect blend of music!

“Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’, ” “My Funny Valentine,” “The Lady is a Tramp,” “The Sound of Music." With over 900 songs to his name, composer Richard Rodgers (1902-1979) left an indelible mark on American musical theater. His songs became an important part of the Great American Songbook, in part because jazz artists and singers loved to re-invent them. If Rodgers had had his way, though, he wouldn’t have let anyone else change a note. Why not?

There's a new host on WRTI! She's Debra Lew Harder, a pianist and music educator who also happens to be a natural on the radio. We're lucky to have her on board here. In addition to being your Saturday morning classical host from 6 am to 12 noon, Debra is producing Arts Desk features and interviewing guest artists for The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcasts. She's also a substitute host. So you'll be hearing her voice a lot!